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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060510986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060510985
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie Markes lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their two sons, Charlie and Nicholas, in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Thanks For Thanksgiving; I Can't Talk Yet, But When I Do ...; Good Thing You're Not An Octopus!; Sidewalk 123; and Sidewalk.



Doris Barrette is an award-winning artist who has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, and The Hockey Card by Jack Siemiatycki and Avi Slodovnick. She lives with her three children in Quebec, Canada.


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Julie Markes, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, has worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. A former world traveler, she now finds her inspiration much closer to her home in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their sons, Charlie and Nicholas. Good Thing You're Not an Octopus! is her first book for children.

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This is a simple book with beautiful illustrations!
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I loved this book because it teaches children the special art of gratitude and being thankful for simple things.
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It is an easy read for an older child and perfect for little ones too.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By sskein on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I went to the bookstore to look for a book for my toddler on thanksgiving. While I wasn't quite sure what I wanted when I first arrived, after looking at several books, I quickly figured out what I didn't want. First, I didn't want a book with any TV characters. Second, I didn't want a book that mentioned pilgrims and American Indians; that bit of history just doesn't ring true to me and a meaningful discussion about that topic is simply not age-appropriate for a two-year-old. Finally, I didn't want a book that was shallow.

I was fortunate to find something that satisfied what I wanted: a meaningful discussion about being thankful that a young child can grasp. This book celebrates thanksgiving by showing appreciation for the big and small things that occur in a young child's life, from "playdates, swings, and slides" to "dancing, music, and art." It also celebrates this time of year, thanking for autmumn and sled rides. And, it states clearly, that we should be most thankful for family.

The illustrations are realistic, yet magical and captivating.

If I were to search for a complaint it would be that the children in this book are all white. I suppose they are all from the same family and the family happens to be white, but wouldn't it have been nice if the author and/or illustrator showed several different families of color? Perhaps this is a missed opportunity.

Still, I give the book five stars because the overall sentiment of this book is just right for toddlers and preschoolers. On the last page, there is a place to record your children's own thankful thoughts year to year. By first showing all the things one can be thankful for and then asking a child what he/she is thankful for captures the spirit of this holiday. The book, therefore, can be used as an opportunity to model, discuss, and share thanksgiving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Told from the perspective of three younger siblings, THANKS FOR THANKSGIVING lists in rhyme the things the children are thankful. Turkey, pie, falling leaves, school, music, dancing, art, play dates, swings, slides, games, puppies, cats, clothes, umbrellas, rain boots, puddles, parents, good night kisses, the moon, stars, and family are all things the children are thankful. The book is a great children's book that illustrates things younger children can be thankful.

The illustrations by Doris Barrette are very warm and energetic, capturing the joy the children feel. The end of the book has a place where kids can record their own thoughts and memories about Thanksgiving.

THANKS FOR THANSGIVING is a good children's book about Thanksgiving. Unlike many children's Thanksgiving books, it doesn't mention the harvest feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. Instead, it tries to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving from the perspective of children. The book also does a remarkable job at illustrating how a loving family functions. My only complaint about the book is that there is no recognition of the religious aspect of Thanksgiving. It would have been a nice touch if the very last picture would have been of the family praying together and thanking God before they eat.

The missing religious aspect keeps this from being the best children's Thanksgiving book for preschoolers that I have seen. However, it does present a really good picture of what the holiday looks like for young children and it also does a great job at providing children with a glimpse of a happy, joyful, and loving family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on October 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
From floating leaves to the family we love, THANKS FOR THANKSGIVING illustrates the grateful attitude in action through a child's eyes as he observes his family preparing for the big turkey Feast and plays through the many ordinary, special moments with his family members in the traditions that impart meaning to this all-important American holiday. Elegantly simple rhymes appear on every page meshed with marvelous watercolors that capture each theme. These are pictures worth more than a thousand words about turkey and pie, school and music, play dates with siblings, friends and pets, winter activities & bedtime routine with daddy and mommy, and finally passing that moonlit night to welcome together grandparents and relatives for a round table full of food - a delicious celebration of family life and a visual appreciation for Thanksgiving.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karyn W VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is such a simple way to talk with a young child about all the things they like and are thankful for. The illustrations are wonderful and full of life and the story is all told in rhyme so it is a joy to read aloud. My two year old and I really enjoyed reading this together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KC Wrona on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful in that it explains how to be thankful to a small child. Beautiful, interesting, and engaging. I also like that isn't a religious message, it's good for anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cairo commuter on November 9, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What I like most about this book is the rhythm - it reminds me of "Goodnight Moon" in its lovely flow of words. For example, "Thank you for play dates, for swings and for slides," with the next page continuing, "Thank you for hopscotch and piggyback rides." The things to be thankful for are simple and heartwarming. The illustrations are very animated - there's a lot going on in each picture. It's easy to spend time pointing out all the the things that are happening on each page. I also like the low perspective, from the point of view of a child. As for its message, this should be a book that's read all year round!
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